I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Florida.
My research explores the cross section of geography and politics, with a focus on redistricting. My dissertation examines the common redistricting guideline of preserving communities of interest – that is, the idea that people who are similar to each other should be grouped together in a district map. Though it is a good idea in theory, in practice, the vagueness of what constitutes a community of interest has allowed partisan map drawers to use this guideline as post hoc justification for lines drawn primarily for political gain.
I have also done work exploring race and redistricting, as well as automated redistricting.
To contact me, email bamos (at) ufl (dot) edu.